Coaching & Practice

For Coaches: How James Beeston Prepares His Players to Get the Most Out of (the Mental Side of) Training – Education Article

12.07.18For Coaches: How James Beeston Prepares His Players to Get the Most Out of (the Mental Side of) Training I was down in Florida earlier this week talking to coaches in U.S. Soccer’s Academy Director’s course… a high-level training for men and women who run–and design instruction at–top tier clubs. We talked a lot about asking questions of players- how important it is to build their attention and focus and cause them to think about the game as they play. …

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Building Mental Engagement Among Athletes Through Questioning – Education Article

01.04.19Building Mental Engagement Among Athletes Through Questioning Coaches love to ask questions to help their athletes understand the decisions they must make during performance. This is especially true in group invasion games like soccer (football), rugby, basketball and hockey–games that require an especially high degree of coordination and shared decision-making. One potential problem with asking questions of athletes is making sure that the environment in which they are answered has a high ‘Ratio’. Here’s what I mean by that. This…

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Five Days at Disney: Why Paying (Gratuitously) To Play Is An Issue At All Levels Of The Game – Education Article

What I Got For Christmas: The Chance to Pay for Disney’s ESPN/Wide World of Sports Complex.   Over winter break I spent five days in Orlando. My son was playing in the Disney Soccer Showcase.  I have some thoughts. This was the first time I’ve ever been to the DSS. Generally my wife–rightly–forbids soccer tournaments during major holidays because family time is more important and sports already take up too much of it. I agree, but this year we made…

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On Coaching: You Give Two Kinds of Feedback. Are They Aligned?? – Education Article

01.11.19On Coaching: You Give Two Kinds of Feedback. Are They Aligned?? Here’s a slide I showed recently to coaches at a workshop: The slide is an attempt to describe a common challenge I see in the teaching/coaching of athletes. Here’s the scene. Athletes are playing. We are observing them as coaches. We notice something that needs to be improved. So we stop and make a teaching point.  All of this is to the good-especially if we can discipline ourselves to…

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